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Bullying: An Elephant in the Classroom

Posted on Aug 07 2011 under Previous Programs, Workplace Bullying

Bullying: An elephant in the classroom focuses on the chaos and mayhem exposed in one Texas school district. Teachers complain of abusive, fearful, and chaotic classrooms that interfere with educating students. They are the targets of bullying by their co-workers and/or school administrators. They are faced with dealing with the elephant in the classroom.  Dr. Esque L. Walker will join us and inform us of how ineffective policies and programs to address school or workplace bullying can have dire consequences. She will share the lessons learned.


Dr. Walker has a PhD in Public Policy and Administration with specialization in Health Services she holds certifications in mediation, family mediation, ADR, and she is a Certified Workplace Violence Specialist. In addition, she is a victim of workplace bullying and the Texas Coordinator for Texas Healthy Workplace Advocates for the past 4years.

Read this article from Fort Worth Weekly
School Bullies: The Fort Worth district’s culture of intimidation goes far beyond the classroom

For more information about on the HealthyWorkplaceBill and Workplacebullying.org

Follow Dr. Walker on Twitter at @WBI_Namie and @texashealthywor

Assignment For Week:

It is important for anyone that is a target of bullying or witnessing bullying in the schools to speak up. For children who might be witnessing aggressive behaviors, foul language, or abusive types of behavior encourage them to speak up to a trusted adult or to the parent. Parents, role play with your smaller children by having them “play school” with you. They can play the teacher. Really observe and listen to what they are saying. If there is any indication that there might be things going on that you, as a parent, need to speak up about and stop it.

Parents are always encouraged to get involved in your child’s school PTA and talk about important issues that address bullying in any form that occurs in the school.



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